Where is the Fireballs Ceremony?
The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony takes place on the High Street, Stonehaven.
Each year safety barriers are erected down either side of the High street, from the cannon at the west, to the slipway into the harbour at the east. These barriers can cause congestion later on in the evening so it is worth while getting a good spot between 10 and 11 pm on the night.
Marshals are stationed at each of the entry points to the High Street. Please follow their directions.
The Fireballs start at midnight but there will entertainment from 11.00pm onwards. A Pipe Band and drumming band will play at various times from 11pm.
At 11.50 the pipe band will march away and leave one or two pipers who will lead the Fireball procession down the High Street.
Best spots have been said to be at the lighting up area at the Shorehead/Slipway and at the "Y" split in the road between King street and High street. As the swingers become tired (from around 00.15) they make their way to the Slipway and throw their Fireballs into the sea. This is worth seeing but can be awkward to get to as it can be a very busy area.
By 00.25 all the swingers will have arrived at the shorehead/slipway area and most fireballs will have been thrown into the harbour. At 00.25 the Fireworks will start, coming up from the Bervie Braes to the South of the harbour. They last about 5 minutes and are well worth seeing.